#themusicologist [#800] Lloyd and Devon – Wolf Out Deh

1977 Upsetter selection recorded at the legendary Black Ark. Featuring Lloyd [Robinson] and Devon Russell on the vocals

be careful of the ‘WOLF OUT DEH’….


#themusicologist [795] Dennis Brown – Here I Come

My Auntie Debbie ‘passed through’ this, mortal phase yesterday. She was more than an ‘aunt’ to me, a BIG part of our lives from birth.

MANY times ‘family’ is just a word used to categorise a/the relationship between people who share the same blood, other times ‘family’ signifies a bond between people who share and are linked by vibrational ‘energy’, these are the bonds that can never be broken no matter what phase we are in.

The [first] law of thermodynamics, (aka the conservation of energy), states that energy can be neither created nor destroyed. Energy can/does change form, and energy can/does flow from one place to another.

My auntie Debbie, like my daughter Constance and ‘Farve’ is still ‘here’, with us in everything, guiding us along the ‘way’..

The next run of cuts are for those who knew and know the feeling of losing and being left behind by loved ones …you all know who you are.

ALL of the cats named above LOVED and were moved by, connected, (in a BIG way), to and were FLUENT native speakers of in the universal language, (music).

Always in our hearts, souls and minds..x

musicology #0694


Gil Scott Heron – Delta Man

Next tune from the urbanpoet laureate, the mercurial Gil Scott Heron, the undisputed master of urbanemusicology. For me the man is up there with the great poets and troubadours. Authentic, deep, meaningful.

Highlighted from the 1977 LP – Bridges (featuring Brain Jackson).

YoungGil Scott

musicology #0635

Keith Rowe – Groovy Situation

(tUmp diSco miX)

Next piece of the Upsetters Jamaican Soul selection with this Classic piece of Black Ark musicology featuring Keith Rowe. One Half of the duo (Keith & Tex), that dropped two Rock Steady Bombs for Derick ‘One Stop’ Harriott back in the late 60’s..’Stop That Train’ and ‘Tonight’ this one was recorded in 1977 during Lee Perry’s ‘Goldfinger’ period at the Ark when he was producing international hits. Rowe had won a trip to Jamaica for a few days after spending the preceeding 5 years in America..




tune for the(urBanmusicologist)….


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musicology #503

SoulBoy #22

(Eloise Laws – Put A Little Love Into It)

Final cut on the SoulBoy and I’m going to wrap it up with this 1977 cut on the Invictus label set up by Eddie and Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier. The songwriting and production team largely responsible for much of Motown’s success between 1962-67. Sung by the daughter of Hubert Laws Snr, sister of Hubert, Ronnie and Debra.

musicology #363

Ideology&Philosophy #4

(Sun – Conscience)

Out of the Greeks and into the next stage of themusicologist’s ‘development’ with some words of Wisdom from an English Philosopher, Alan Watts. The man who helped me make some kind of sense out of an ideology, (The Tao), that has resonated with me since first coming into contact with it during some of my darkest days.

The music is A QUALITY slice of mid Seventies funk and boogie from a little known group out of Dayton Ohio. Who along with Slave, Faze-O and Zapp, (three of the most respected boogie outfits), put the funk back into ‘Disco’. Recorded and released in 1977 on the Capitol label which for a short period had it’s finger well and truly on the pulse.

musicology #102

sixartist, sixtune, sixweekspecial #25

(The Jam – I Got By In Time)

this week on themusicologist it’s the turn of the second most influential artists to have crossed my heart and mind.. Paul Weller who, along with Curtis ranks as the artist whose musicology has had the most impact on my life especially during my formative years.

as already mentioned, In The City by the Jam was the first serious piece of music I owned, (Christmas 1977, thanks to me mum and dad), and from that day to this the cat has always held a special place in my life. From the energy of the early Jam days, through to the social poetry of the later Jam works..on to his time with the Style Council and beyond his songs were always there for me as a guide and shoulder to lean on for support when it seemed like no one understood me trials and tribulations..

very similar in essence to Steve Marriott for obvious reasons, Paul Weller has never stood still and has been a musical, (and for me social), force for 30 years !!, (most of my life in fact), making him second only to Curtis in longevity.

Well do I remember in 1982 buying the Town Called Malice 12″ as he called time on the Jam which, to the Mod revivalists at the time was incomprehensible and didnt earn him much support. I saw it differently because to me he was doing exactly what should have been done by a true Mod/ernist and respond to the new music and fashion that was on the streets of London..I’m talking about ‘Casual/Soul Boy’.

that was what was happening back then, (along with the emergence of Electro and ‘Sleng Teng Dancehall), and Weller knew that that was where it was at and that the Jam weren’t capable of making the transition.

Mod has always had two aspects..

1:the vintage led cats who were ‘nostalgic’

2:the ‘son of mod’ of the early 80’s who had grown up with and were inspired by the Mod/ernist attitude, razor sharp style, love of contempory music and attention to detail. These were the cats who took up the modernist flag and carried it forward. themusicologist was there and trust me…that’s how it happened.

anyway..back to the music..this one from said album, (In The City 1977), still does it for me 30 years later…imagine how that sounded to a 9 year old !!